"I was happy to get my Oregon State offer," Pickett said. "It's my first offer from the state of Oregon. Houston is my first offer from the state of Texas, so I was happy to get those."
Pickett is also being persistently pursued by Oregon, with secondary coach John Neal stopping by recently to watch Pickett participate in practice.
"He liked me a lot," Pickett said. "He liked everything I did."
Specifically, Pickett mentioned that Neal liked his physicality and strength, as well as his ability to take instruction. At certain points during practice, Pickett said Neal would give him tips on how to improve his game, something the 6-foot, 185-pound corner back took advantage of.
"I'm real coachable," Pickett said. "He liked that about me too."
According to Pickett, Neal was in contact with him as recently as Sunday and keeps in touch on a weekly basis. Outside of football, they'll talk about other sports like baseball, a game that Pickett is considering to continue playing in college. He helped El Cerrito make it to the NCS Division-3 quarterfinals before they were eliminated by Sonoma, 4-3.
Pickett thinks an Oregon offer is coming, but is being patient. He does intend to visit sometime in the future. With baseball over, Pickett will turn his full attention back to football, which is what he called a "natural transition".
He'll be attending the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge this weekend in Chicago, before heading to The Opening at the end of the month in Oregon. While there, he intends only to camp and not take visits.
"I'm mostly going to The Opening just to go out there for the football camp," Pickett said. "I don't think I'll be checking out any schools in Oregon at that time."